Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara Since I’m majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline — and Jay’s tastebuds — can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara.

There are many stories woven around India’s famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal Bukhara comes with a true pedigree — it was created in the kitchen of what is often called the finest hotel in India: the Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. Apparently a whole lot of thought went into making this — now considered the hotel’s signature dish — different from Dal Makhani, that other famous restaurant dal that served as the inspiration. While the Maurya’s own recipe is a closely held secret, the fact is that most other versions of these two famous dals do end up resembling each other rather closely, except that Makhani also uses kidney beans or rajma.

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Phirni

Phirni

A true testament to the richness and popularity of the cuisine of India’s Muslims is the fact that when anyone around the world thinks of the most delicious Indian foods, the first images that spring to mind are  a lavish, fragrant biryani or a puffy, flaky naan. India is home to the world’s second largest… 

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Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad with Dill

Brown bag lunches can be a charged issue in our home. I want them to be healthy and tasty, he wants them to be … well… a certain way. Desi is one of those guys who will eat at his desk every single day. So, according to him, the food has to be such that… 

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Moong bean Usal

Sprouted Mung Salad (Moong Usal)

I have for you today a very simple, very nutritious and very delicious sprouted mung bean salad that, in my part of India, goes by the name of Moong Usal. There’s something about sprouting beans that brings out the poet in me. Watching those tiny little white squiggles shoot out of the legume and grow,… 

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Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Ethiopian Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Washington, D.C., with its heady mix of history and power, is a special kind of city.  Everywhere you look in D.C. you can find the story of America, and it’s not just in the Capitol or the White House or the many imposing monuments and memorials and museums that are part of this city. It’s… 

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Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” — John Steinbeck It was Steinbeck’s birthday yesterday. When Desi and I were living in Bombay, we went through a Steinbeck phase when both of us were constantly reading, discussing,… 

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Applesauce Sandwich Bread

Applesauce Sandwich Bread

This past weekend just whizzed by in a happy blur of food, fun and friends. On Saturday, it was brunch at my friend Roshani’s. Her parents  are visiting from Houston and her mom, Pratima Kothari, had cooked up a huge feast for us.  I even got a quick lesson in rolling Khandvi, one of my… 

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Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

So have you ever wondered what it is with all this trend-driven food blogging? The other day I came across an article with tips for successful food blogging, one of which was to watch Google Trends to see what recipes are trending so you can cook and share those and draw visitors to your blog… 

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Lentil Bolognese sauce

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards– often fruitlessly– for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won’t… 

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Chana Masala

Easy Chana Masala

Chana Masala. Those two words set my mouth watering before I can say them out loud. I bought this huge can of chickpeas from the warehouse store the other day– bigger than two people can possibly use up in a week’s time, but a six-pound can for under $3 just looked too good to pass… 

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Veggie Burger

Moroccan Chickpea Burger

You can have too much of a good thing — like all of this beautiful snow we’ve been digging ourselves out of in the Northeast — but that maxim just doesn’t apply when it comes to my Moroccan Chickpea Burger. With this one, you are allowed to eat all you want and then some more…. 

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Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

It’s almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners,… 

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Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Hearts

Valentine’s Day is special to me because it’s the day I married the love of my life. So each year, when this day rolls around, I try to find ways to make it even more special than every wonderful day I spend with him. And by now I know that the easiest way to put… 

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Pasta with Greens and Beans

Pasta with Greens and Beans

I made this Pasta with Greens and Lima Beans in an awful hurry the other night. I was nursing a cold but I was also craving a big, comforting bowl of pasta with great texture and flavor. It had to be nutritious enough to see me through the illness, and  flavorful enough to appeal to… 

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whole wheat loaf

No-Knead Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

In the past I’ve tended to add some wheat gluten or all-purpose flour to my wholegrain bread recipes. That’s because whole wheat flour is low on gluten and without the extra gluten muscle provided by vital wheat gluten or all-purpose or bread flour, it is not easy to produce a loaf that doesn’t taste and… 

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